President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, highlighted the negative and significant effects of Covid-19 on the economies of countries, especially the developing and poor ones, and the accompanying contraction in the global economy, as well as the increase in food prices.
Addressing Qatar Economic Forum, Powered by Bloomberg on Tuesday via video conference, Turkish President reviewed the efforts made by his country to overcome and bypass the pandemic crisis, including providing vaccines to other countries that did not receive enough of them. He stressed the importance of solidarity this regard, indicating that studies have proven 75 of the poorest countries have not yet received vaccines.
He said that Turkey is at the forefront of countries that fought the pandemic and contained its effects. He noted that, despite the pandemic, Turkey has the highest growth rate of the G-20 countries. He added that the country is looking positively to the future, highlighting reports that the Turkish economy will grow 7 percent in 2021.
He expressed his sadness over the impact of the pandemic on the global economy, noting that Turkey is ready to adapt to these changes, highlighting the risks these changes pose to all countries and economies. He noted that Turkey developed at a faster rate over the past 10 years.
He also stressed the need to ensure the availability and fair access to therapeutics and vaccines. He expressed his hope that vaccines could become readily available before the end of this year.
At the end of his speech, the Turkish President praised the State of Qatar’s hosting of the forum, under the wise leadership of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, expressing his thanks and appreciation to everyone who contributed to holding it.